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ImaginAerial Presents: Sideshow

November 4, 2016 Comments Off on ImaginAerial Presents: Sideshow Corporate Events, New Offerings!, Theme Parties, Uncategorized

What is Sideshow?

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ImaginAerial’s sideshow artists are quirky, edgy, and the life of the party! Many right from the stages of Coney Island, these artists are an outrageous and daring addition to any event. We know – it sounds really over-the-top, but audiences go wild! Be as daring or as conservative as you wish, there’s something for every party.

 

What Does Sideshow Look Like?

 

 

ray-edit-swordWhat Does a Sideshow Artist Need to Perform?

 

  • Acts include sword swallowing, human blockhead, fire, contortion, yo-yo, bed of nails, juggling, and more.
  • Needs depend a bit on which artist(s) are booked.
  • Contortionists need a clean floor space, and about 5×5 feet of space on a stage, pedestal, or floor.
  • Artists can perform acts as walk-arounds, on a stage, or even pose as guests at the event for a VERY surprising reveal!
  • If you have questions (and I’ll bet you do), give us a ring at (929) 260-3134 and we can talk you through it.

 

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Lighting up New Year’s Eve Again in Times Square!

January 4, 2016 Comments Off on Lighting up New Year’s Eve Again in Times Square! Corporate Events, Photos and Video

 

IMG_3235 (1)Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 8.23.54 AMImaginAerial once again quite literally lit up Times Square with beautiful new flashy high tech costumes and props. Whether blinding people while pouring champagne and hanging by ankles, or spinning LED hoops, or lighting up the night with costume characters. We rang in the new year right in the heart of NYC.Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 8.20.01 AM Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 8.16.15 AM Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 8.19.11 AM

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You don’t need a wind machine for your promo and other fine tips!

December 15, 2015 Comments Off on You don’t need a wind machine for your promo and other fine tips! Photos and Video, Uncategorized, Working in Circus

See the ImaginAerial videos!Here at ImaginAerial world headquarters, we get at least a few video links a week.  So it’s safe to say we’ve see a lot of promo videos. They range from someone doing contortion on the edge of a cliff in the desert to jumpcuts of industrials that would make your head spin. SO how to stand out without getting to far out there?
Now I’ll be honest, we don’t often hire based on a video. It’s like committing to a romantic vacation with someone whose profile you saw on a dating site. It makes me nervous. That said, sometimes we do. I’ve done it when we need a really different kind of act or a special combination of skills (like ground and aerial) or the gig is in a location that only makes sense to hire locals. So video comes in handy.
Believe it or not, I’ve also hired people based on a rehearsal video. Skill is skill. And some people who just graduated from circus school haven’t had a chance to get enough footage yet. I get it. That said, it doesn’t hurt to put your best foot forward and put a decent promo reel out there.

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No need to hire a whole professional crew though.

Here is what it should have:
1. Your best tricks- if you can do something hard put it toward the beginning!
2. Your variety of skills-don’t write me that, oh by the way you can also do Rola Bola. If it’s not on Vimeo or YouTube, it doesn’t exist.
3. Your personality-if your promo is a little funny then I want to watch it again or share it. It will make it stick in my memory. However, just be sure that you don’t get too cutsie. But if it makes me think I’d like to hang out with you. Great.
4. The kinds of shows you’ve done-if they are only student shows or rehearsals, it isn’t a deal breaker but if the person watching is on the fence, it won’t help you if it doesn’t seem like you are a real professional.
5. Good footage-Tape every performance you do with a good camera if you can. You don’t have to hire an editor, just get to know some editing software yourself as you know what will stand out the most to people that are hiring.

On the other hand, your video should not be:

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No need to perform on a volcano.

1. Unedited- I have 1 minute to decide if I need to see more or you in or you are out. I don’t want to see you dance around your silk on the floor for that minute.
2. Edited too much- If I can’t see anything at all, I will get frustrated. I want to see some transitions and sequences. It’s not about showing off your video editing skills but what you can do. Too slickly packaged anything makes me think it is covering up a lack of substance.
3. Too hard to find- Whatever makes your act different, tag it that way. I get frustrated when I’m looking for hula hoopers in Detroit or lyra people in Houston and I can’t find a thing.
4. Overly “creative”- don’t show anything in a mask, on the edge of a cliff, or in your bathroom. Your creativity should show through your movement, not the dressing.

Finally, If you update or add, let people know. It’s okay to remind people you are there or what you are up to couple of times a year. Also, really important, let people know where you are from or where you will be. If you are from the Ukraine, I hate to say that we will not be going through red tape etc to bring you on a gig here. However if you are based in Florida but come to NYC to visit family, let us know!

One last thing to note.. If we ask you for footage to add to our reel, be flattered! It means we think your act has the potential to be hired and it’s different from what we have already. Also, if we ask you then you will always get first refusal. If we stop using you completely for one reason or another or if no one seems to be buying your act, then we also probably won’t use your video because clients get attached to who and what they see.

The video is just one tool. And you can always change it. Also, you might have a fabulous promo, but just not the set of skills or style a company needs at the moment. If in doubt, put it up on social media and ask for feedback and then don’t take it personally…BUT ladies and gentlemen, that is another BLOG! Happy editing.

 

Dare to imagine,

Angela Attia

LUMINARIUM reboot at WANO

October 20, 2015 Comments Off on LUMINARIUM reboot at WANO Corporate Events, Photos and Video, Photos and Video, Stage Shows, Uncategorized

ImaginAerial rebooted their first show, Luminarium, in Toronto at the Westin Harbor Castle for the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO). The circus talent’s credits include Pippin and Cabaret on Broadway, Les Sept Doigt de la Main, Cirque du Soleil, among many others. We had hoop diving, cube juggling, hand balancing, acro biking, hula hooping, wheeling, contorting, aerials, and much more. Costume designer, Katie Sue Nicklos of Timberlake Studios created groundbreaking costumes using EL wire that lit up the stage and elicited an “ooh” or two (Fun safety tidbit, battery packs are protected by condoms, which I later realized were lying out open in the dressing room. Oops.). Renown lighting designer Martin Postma completed the vision of light with projections and black light giving each act its own unique imagery and making everything pop.

 

Sneak preview of the show!

Post by Angela Attia

 

Dare to Imagine….

 

What is Bubble Performance?

September 23, 2015 Comments Off on What is Bubble Performance? Ambiance, Corporate Events

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Bubble performers are just plain fun! From human snow-globes to luminous orbs floating in the pool, this act packs a lot of punch. The orb can be used indoors, outdoors, or in water, and can be filled with sparkling confetti, feathers, snow, glowing balls, or left plain.

What does Bubble Performance look like?

What does this act need to perform?

This act requires a smooth surface, completely free of anything that might burst the orb (gravel, sharp stones, etc.). The artist also requires a path at least 8 feet wide to the performance area (or a pipe and drape) with electricity nearby to inflate the orb. Email us at us@imaginaerial.com or call us at 212-252-3131 – we’re happy to answer your questions!

FAQ’s

  • This act is 6 minutes long for stage shows, or can be performed in 15 minute ambient sets.
  • This act requires a surface free of sharp objects which could burst the orb.
  • This act requires a path of at least 8 feet to the performance area, and a performance area of 8-10 feet.
  • This act requires electricity to inflate the orb.
  • A leaf blower is used to inflate the orb, which can be quite loud. Attention must be paid to the staging area.
  • This act is appropriate for all audiences.
  • There are multiple costumes and orb “fillings” (snow, confetti, feathers, glowing balls, etc.).

 

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Pro vs Hobbyist: Aerial Smackdown, Part 1

June 2, 2015 Comments Off on Pro vs Hobbyist: Aerial Smackdown, Part 1 Corporate Events, General, Working in Circus

should i donateTruth? I’m writing this, and then fleeing the country for German wheel world championships in Italy. See ya, suckas!

Actually, I started writing this all as one post, but it got tooooooooo looooooooooong. So, I’m carving it into 4 easily digestible parts! Stay tuned for 2-4.

What is the difference between a professional and a hobbyist? Recently, I posted this meme on the F-books (click it to make it bigger). Most responses were positive, but a couple brought up some commonly held (if not voiced) opinions:

  • the only difference between a pro & a hobbyist is that the professional accepts/demands payment
  • I shouldn’t have to turn down a performance just because someone else wants to make money at it
  • performers should focus on being better, thus edging out amateurs
  • me performing at events (charity and otherwise) for free does not “take away” a gig from a professional

Hear that sound? It’s the sound of a hundred professionals grinding their molars in frustration. Why? Because these questions so boldly illustrate the misunderstanding and lack of awareness surrounding our business, it’s enough to make a gal want to hang up her sequins for good.

This is a HUGE topic, so I’ve included several links to additional posts so as not to reinvent the wheel.

Is There Really a Difference Between a Professional & a Non-Professional?

Yes. Yes there is. First, I would like to direct you to this awesome blog post by Allison Williams, which is aimed at individuals interested in pursuing a professional career, who may or may not be ready to call themselves pros yet. This post details many aspects of the work that laypersons don’t consider.

Second, let me tell you The Tale of The Ceiling Fan in My Bedroom. A few years ago, the Mister and I decided to install a ceiling fan in our bedroom to combat the misery of NYC summers. We went to Home Depot, picked out the perfect fan, dragged it home and … wondered how the hell to install it. We considered calling in a professional electrician/handyman, but wait! The guy down the hall said he could – and would – install it for us! It would be a breeze!! WIN! He brought over all his tools, and hammered and sawed around in the bedroom for a while. Three hours later, he came out and proclaimed it done! “The plaster is a little bumpy, but I’ll be back in a few days with some more plaster to smooth it out.” Long story short, the plaster was A LOT BUMPY, looked awful, there’s a small hole in my ceiling, and he never did come back. We also can’t put the fan on the highest speed or I’m pretty sure it will just fly off the ceiling. Sigh – should have hired someone. See where I’m going with this?

Being a professional is more than just being good at something; it reflects a level of dedication, experience, and investment (emotionally, financially, physically), that the layperson simply does not have. It involves expertise – something Americans seem to pooh-pooh in our age of WebMD, Pinterest, and YouTube. Thing is, expertise is a real thing, and my expertise trumps your hobby. Every time.

Let’s have a look at a few of the myriad ways pros and hobbyists differ. In addition to Allison’s substantial list, hobbyists are:

  • unlikely to have invested sufficiently in equipment, costumes, rigging, rigging training, and insurance
  • more likely to leave questionable safety practices or situations unchallenged, often simply because they are unaware that there’s a problem
  • unlikely to have a well-informed understanding of the nuances of event work, and are thus less able to anticipate common missteps or snags
  • often invested heavily in their own experience, and less interested in maintaining professional standards and working conditions

On the artistic side, there’s this.

What is a Professional Gig?

For the purposes of this particular discussion, it’s any event for which the client wishes to hire a professional. Does the person who is asking you to perform know that you’re not a professional? You may not think they’ll care, but trust me – even when they’re asking you to “donate” your talent, they care. In fact, people tend to get reeeeeeeeally uncomfortable when they find that the person they want to have rigging and dangling from the venue’s (very expensive) ceiling isn’t a pro.

Prior to any sort of agreement, if you do not clearly convey to the client that you do not do this for a living, you are misleading them; as in, “I do want to make sure, before we move forward, that you understand that I am not a professional aerialist. I (insert qualifications here), but I do not make my living doing this.” Does saying that make you uncomfortable? You should ask yourself why.

Click here for Part 2! Dare to imagine, Laura

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ImaginAerial Serves Some (Upside Down) WOW at the University of Pennsylvania!

May 13, 2015 Comments Off on ImaginAerial Serves Some (Upside Down) WOW at the University of Pennsylvania! Aerial Acts, Corporate Events, Ground Acts, Photos and Video

ImaginAerial had the pleasure of providing the cirque-style wow factor at the University of Pennsylvania last week – check out some of the early pics! Champagne aerialists, hand-balancing magic, and one helluva silk act. BOOM!

 

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New Years Eve – Ringin’ 2015 in With Style!

January 6, 2015 Comments Off on New Years Eve – Ringin’ 2015 in With Style! Corporate Events, Photos and Video, Uncategorized

This was a FABULOUS year for us here at ImaginAerial, and New Years Eve was extra special! We had not one, but TWO amazing events here in NYC! The first was at the Novotel Times Square – it’s our third year there, and it’s an evening we look forward to all year. The second was was at the prestigious Spice Market in the meat-packing district, one of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s fabulous restaurants. Have a look and happy new year!!!!

Novotel Times Square

Novotel Photos by Kenneth Feldman

Spice Market

Quadruple Trapeze

April 4, 2014 Comments Off on Quadruple Trapeze Corporate Events, Photos and Video

Quad TrapWhat is Quad Trapeze?

Quad Trapeze is a fun, versatile act that livens up any event! With four vibrant performers, you get a tremendous range of options (they can all be used multiple times throughout the evening!). Whether you’re looking for a cirque-style feel or a burlesque-y extravaganza, this classy, sassy performance fits the bill.

 

What Does Quad Trapeze Look Like?

Our video is in the shop getting a much-needed update with new footage. Check back soon!

What Does This Act Need to Perform?

Don’t worry – we have rigging options to suit nearly every venue! This act requires four successive rigging point (exposed beam, sky hook, truss, theatrical grid, etc.), and a ceiling height of at least 16 feet. Free-standing rigs are also available. Email us at us@imaginaerial.com or call us at 212-252-3131 – we’re happy to answer your questions!

FAQS

  • This act is 6-8 minutes long.
  • This act cannot swing or spin.
  • This act is best performed with audience in front (as opposed to all sides).
  • This act requires at least 16 feet to be safely performed in its entirety.
  • This act is appropriate for all audiences.
  • There are multiple costumes and music choices for this act.
  • Floor must be completely clear (no tables,  chairs, sets, etc.) Performer must be at least 3 feet from the edge of a stage or platform.
  • Performers may not perform directly over audience members. All necessary precautions must be taken to prevent audience from walking underneath the aerialist.

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The Days of the Single Act are Over – How to Get (and Stay) Ahead

April 1, 2014 Comments Off on The Days of the Single Act are Over – How to Get (and Stay) Ahead Auditions, Corporate Events, Uncategorized

Acro - Male FemaleOnce upon a time, having one amazing act was all you needed to keep you turning tricks all year round. But now, with competition in our industry growing daily, and production pennies being pinched until they scream, one is often just not enough! In this oversaturated market, what will you do to pull away from the herd?

 

Differentiating Yourself in a Narrow Market

Truth? You may do a great contortion act, but the second I find someone who does great contortion AND cyr wheel, your job security gets a bit less, well, secure. It’s just much easier to cast multiple-skill performers, especially if there’s travel involved! Yes, friends, budgets are that tight now. That’s not to say that we NEVER opt for the one-act artist, but you’ll need to be slap-yo-mama good (for those of you not raised in the South, that’s REALLY, REALLY GOOD), or do something supremely unique to justify the expense.


Tweet: Don’t pigeon-hole yourself! The more skills you have, the easier it is to give you work.


3 Ways to Market Your Mad Skilz

  1. Get two acts show-ready! Some skills are easier than others to pick up, and it’s different for everyone. Start with what you love and go from there! It’s worth noting that ground acts often command higher pay and are in great demand. Downside? They often take much longer to train up to.
  2. Have one spectacular act and a host of walk-around skills! If you do a great juggling act, and can do walk-around unicycle, rola-bola, diabolo, and cigar boxes, you will WORK. If you’re an aerialist, see if you can find a ground skill that you can polish to a walk-around level (if you’re part of a duo, consider some duo partner acro!).
  3. Create a unique act and/or be the absolute best in your field! Don’t want to create a second act? Be so good that NO ONE else will do, and I will happily make room in my budget because there is simply nobody better! OR, create something that only you do. If you’re the only fire-spinning aerial contortion hair hang act, you’re sittin’ pretty. 😉

 

In closing, I hope you’ll take some time this year to really look at your “product”. Is it something casting folks will want to snatch up? You should ALWAYS be upping your game. What’s the one thing you could work on that would make the biggest difference in your work this year? Now, go do that thing. Dare to imagine, Laura
 
 

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